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Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« on: April 22, 2024, 09:45:22 AM »
Hey fruit lovers! I was able to visit our fellow long time forum member Brian in PA and see his impressive greenhouse set up. So many cool trees growing and many in the ground. I was especially impressed with his purple mangosteen growing in zone 6A.

Lots of special shout outs to other forum members in this video including:
ScottR
Kevin Reimer
Kevin Jones
Kaz
Frank Lazar
Ryan Jo
Kameron Bellamy
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRM5UJHt4WQ

Thanks again Brian for opening up your amazing greenhouse for a visit!

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2024, 09:53:43 AM »


Brian in PA


Fern leaf guava


CORTG graft


Cute quail running around in the greenhouse


Purple mangosteen in ground in Pennsylvania


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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2024, 11:17:25 AM »
Watched the video within hours of your posting. Awesome video as always VFG; very inspirational stuff Brian!

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2024, 12:28:48 PM »
Wow, impressive, brian! Thanks for the video, eyeckr!

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2024, 12:37:21 PM »
Looks amazing Brian.
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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2024, 03:27:19 PM »
Thanks for visiting, eyeckr!

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2024, 03:51:33 PM »
Been waiting on this one!

Love the videos and green with envy of brian's setup

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2024, 04:42:44 PM »
Wow, didn't know you grew so many fruit trees in your greenhouse, very nice and healthy trees.

Nice video G

Brain, maybe you should add the giant yellow passion fruit vine in one area of your greenhouse. Fruit tastes good.

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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2024, 04:58:43 PM »
Dang, that's amazing!

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2024, 06:59:58 PM »
Way cool Brain, amazing collection and another great video eyeckr 8)

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2024, 07:14:12 PM »
Looking great!
Always exciting to see what's going on at other zone pusher's places.
Funny how we differ in trees that work out for us! Just some small differences that effect what grows and doesn't lol.
Marang is looking great!

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2024, 08:18:30 PM »
Thats a lovely greenhouse! I wish I had space to put things in ground. ;) Everything gets a pot here.

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2024, 08:39:47 PM »
Thanks, guys. 

Kaz, I have eaten a few passion fruits and while the flavor is excellent I can't get over the goey mucous texture and seeds.  It is a shame because the greenhouse frame makes a great trellis for vines.  I had a Inca Peanut vine for a while and it got huge before I ripped it out.  Maybe if my feijoa grafts from Marta take, they are supposed to be viney, I read.

Jaboticaba45, I am really jealous of your success with Lychees.  Gives me hope that if I try different soils or distilled water I might have better luck.  I am trying some rambutans in pure compost now as W. suggested

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2024, 08:52:43 PM »
Maybe if my feijoa grafts from Marta take, they are supposed to be viney, I read.

Mine are more bushy than viney. I don't think it would be feasible to train them along a frame like that, but maybe with enough aggressive pruning you could try something espalier-like.

Some other ideas.... maybe you could try to train dragonfruit along the frame? Or fuzzy kiwi? Or... vanilla?

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2024, 09:04:10 PM »
Feijoa definitely not a vine, it's a stout bush.

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2024, 09:08:11 PM »
Ah, I thought feijoa were vines.  I've never actually seen one other than my own seedlings. 

I can get awesome yellow kiwi from the grocery store year round, I'll have to find something otherwise unobtainable and give it a shot. 

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2024, 09:53:23 PM »
So awesome, Brian!

Wonderful that you have so much in the ground!!!

Love the Chinese Painted Quail! Mine say "hello"!
Do you get unexpected chicks? I had to separate my boys and girls...

I need to make a video like this for my greenhouse!!

Cheers,
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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2024, 10:06:58 PM »
Thanks, guys. 

Kaz, I have eaten a few passion fruits and while the flavor is excellent I can't get over the goey mucous texture and seeds.  It is a shame because the greenhouse frame makes a great trellis for vines.  I had a Inca Peanut vine for a while and it got huge before I ripped it out.  Maybe if my feijoa grafts from Marta take, they are supposed to be viney, I read.

Jaboticaba45, I am really jealous of your success with Lychees.  Gives me hope that if I try different soils or distilled water I might have better luck.  I am trying some rambutans in pure compost now as W. suggested
Good luck! I'm honestly surprised lychee and rambutan aren't doing well for you.
My tree is covered in flowers. I'll keep you updated.
My rollinia just started to flower, I think we got it from the same source - HI tropical plant nursery!
Super stoked.

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2024, 10:14:11 PM »
Carolyn, I hope eyeckr visits you next :)

I have been trying to think of reasons to take my family out to the midwest, I'd love to see your greenhouse sometime if you'll have us.  You've been quietly growing very difficult trees in an even more hostile climate than mine.

Yes, I was getting too many volunteer chicks I had to start collecting eggs to slow them down.  Takes a dozen eggs to equal a typical chicken egg!  They are really tasty, though.

Jaboticaba45, yes I got mine from HI tropical nursery.  Once I get the container plants out I am going to make an honest effort with miticides to get my greenhouse anonnas more healthy.  Mine flowers like crazy and set some fruit but it dies back as fast as it grows and has been really scale prone.

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2024, 10:47:05 PM »
Nicely done Brian.  Always nice to see someone succeeding with a greenhouse in a crappy climate!  The quail are a nice touch.  I liked the ceiling fans you picked out.  Are you having any issues with rust?  What about water deposits building up on the blades?  When mine got wet, the blades would throw that stuff onto the GH glass.  I like how you are utilizing every bit of space that you can by hanging stuff on the walls and ceiling.  I bet cleaning the poly panels is a lot of fun!  LOL!  I heard you mention scale.  That stuff is a pain when the plants are as packed in there as you have.  Greenhouses are fun, but a lot of work!

I spent a lot of time pruning my rollinia and cherimoya.  Lots of flowers on the rollinia, but just could never get it to set fruit.  Others told me that the trunk needed to be big around as a 2-liter pop bottle.  Mine was but still no fruit set.  It also had a lot of branches that just ended up dying off.  If I had not moved to Thailand, I would have given the tree one more year to produce then I would have tore it out.  Was just too big a pain.  Cherimoya was not much better.  Very huge and just grew uncontrollably.  I did get a few fruit each year, but really wasn't worth the effort and space it took up.

I also had a Gold Nugget jack.  Fruited once.  Tasted great, but we were not a fan of the soft flesh.  I cut it down and grafted a firmer fleshed variety onto it.  Your Luc's looks nice and healthy.  I think this is a very attractive garcinia.  This was one of my largest trees in the GH.  I'm convinced it was ready to start flowering the year after we moved.  Hey...that marang is getting big!  I love the shape and compactness.  I just grafted a scion onto a big jackfruit here and still waiting to see how that works out.

Great job man!  Keep up the fantastic work and make sure to give updates on that marang.

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2024, 06:23:36 AM »
Just watched, a literal dream greenhouse, excelent work!

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2024, 07:59:38 AM »
Nice video bro 🤙

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2024, 10:43:32 AM »
Brian, eyeckr, and anyone else,
You bet! Come on over! We are only a 6 hour drive from Yellowstone's western entrance, and Boise has a really nice water park.

This has also inspired me to do a video of my greenhouse!

How about if all of us "greenhousers" post videos and we can put them in a special thread. That would be fun!

As for the quail eggs, here is what I did -
Mini eggs benedicts!




Cheers,
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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2024, 11:28:17 AM »
How about if all of us "greenhousers" post videos and we can put them in a special thread. That would be fun!

It would at least give me a reason to tidy up in there 😆...

My greenhouse looks dingy and dirty compared to Brian's, though. The contractor we hired to install the twin-wall polycarbonate did a lousy job sealing them and most of them have algae growing inside them now. Instead of lasting a decade like I'd hoped, I'll need to replace them in 5 years if I want to keep light coming through acceptably. Though, the avocados seem happy enough despite that for the time being at least.

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Re: Brian's Pennsylvania Greenhouse and Tropical Fruit Trees
« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2024, 02:25:30 PM »
I'm jealous of the greenhouse.  I hope property values fall some day so I can purchase land and build one.

With plants, if you have the room and can keep them alive, there's so many things you can do.  There's so many things I want to do that I can't for a lack of room.

Thats a lovely greenhouse! I wish I had space to put things in ground. ;) Everything gets a pot here.

Same, and stuff just doesn't grow the same indoors during the winter months without the help of the bright sun.

 

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